The World of Dating for Expats

So you’ve just moved to a new city. You feel overwhelmed and generally like an outsider. You feel the looks of pity when you stand on the street studying a map and you’re spending a lot of time alone. Meeting new people can be the quickest way to feeling at home but sometimes it’s easier said than done. Here are a few tips to help you make the most of your new location:

  • If you know people in the city already or have just started a new job, your motto should be ‘say yes‘. If your flatmate asks you for dinner with a group of people you’ve never met, forget about social awkwardness and focus on meeting new friends or even someone special.
  • If you have no connections to meet people, take matters into your own hands. Go on city tours, join a book group or stop for a drink at your local pub. The next step is to engage in conversation with someone who looks friendly. Start it off casually and if you hit it off, consider asking them out for coffee or ask to buy them a drink.
  • If approaching someone directly seems too forward for you, consider joining a dating website where you can browse through plenty of people in the right age group, location and with similar interests – including dating.

Large cities like London always have a big dating community. The good news here is that when you begin making connections and friends, you’ll almost always find someone who is active on the dating scene.

It can be comforting and useful having a friend at singles’ nights, the bars and clubs scene and speed dating events. People are more likely to approach you if you look like you’re having fun, and you’ll be more likely to approach others if you have the support of a friend.

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